The 7 Kinds of People You Need In Your Organization To Succeed
By Jawad Khan
Creating a company from the ground up and growing it to a full-scale enterprise is a rare feat that eludes most entrepreneurs. However, even the ones who do find success, rarely do it alone.
As an entrepreneur, your energy, passion and vision for your company can only get you so far. To take your business to the next level and establish a sustainable organization, you need to have the right team to help you. You could be a brilliant entrepreneur with an awesome business idea destined for success, but if you don’t have the right people on your team, you won’t go far.
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When you hire someone, you’re not doing them any favors. In fact, you’re taking a risk. You’re actually handing over a part of your business to them and relying on them to add value. If you get the wrong people on your team, you’ll have more to lose than your employees.
To make sure that your company moves in the right direction, never loses focus and grows to its full potential, there are certain personality types that you always need to have on your team – from the first day!
Here’s a closer look at them.
1. The Visionary Strategist
They are the minds behind world changing products like Facebook and Google. They’re 10, 15 sometimes even 50 years ahead of others in terms of identifying potential problems and coming up with solutions that can change the course of humanity.
You need to have them on your team. If you already have a big vision for your company, they’ll help you create the right strategies to achieve it. In case you’re struggling to finalize your vision, they’ll help you realize it.
Because of the magnitude of their thinking, they’re often entrepreneurs themselves. So if you need help in developing your company’s vision or need advice on a new product idea, you might want to consult such people even if they’re not a part of your organization.
2. The Know-It-All Expert
They the technical experts who know the ins and outs of your core product or service. They are functional experts who understand why your product is important, how it helps your customers, and what improvements you can bring to make it more useful.
In order to stand out from your competitors and create a product that exceeds the expectations of your customers, you need the services of the know-it-all experts. With these people on your team, you can dive into the depths of product engineering and build something truly marvelous.
These experts, along with the visionaries discussed above, will form the backbone of your business model and provide you a strong foundation on which you can build a vibrant organization.
3. The Superstar All-Rounder
They are generalists in the true sense of the word. They are extroverts brimming with energy and confidence, who truly believe in your vision for the company and want to play an active part in helping you achieve it.
They are so good with everything they do, that you can almost rely on them to be the stand-in CEO of your company. They are exceptional marketers who know your product well enough and understand its business need. They are not functional experts, but they know how to manage technical resources and get the best out of them. Above all, they understand how your business makes money, and are always looking for ways to optimize your earning potential.
When they’re on your team, you can use them anywhere you want. You can move them to establish a new department, grow it into a running unit and hand it over to someone else. Or you can give them charge of an already established function and ask them to get things in order. In short, they can wear any hat you want.
4. The Wise Mentor
No matter how young, modern or technically advanced your company is, you’d always need the wise mentor on your team. These are the wise men of the industry who have seen it all. They follow the book and are well-versed with the industry norms.
They are experienced professionals who’ve been involved in the development of processes, have seen businesses grow and understand the challenges that you’ll face in your path to glory.
Just like the visionary strategists, they are mostly consultants helping a number of businesses. You need to stay in close contact with them and seek their advice on any major business decisions.
5. The Ultimate Optimist
Running a business comes with its pressures and challenges. When things are not going your way, it’s easy to lose hope and look for the easy way out. And this is why you need the ultimate optimist on your team.
As the name suggests, these are extremely positive people who stay calm under pressure and see the brighter side of things even in the darkest of moments. They have belief and conviction in the abilities of your team and know that every obstacle is only a stepping stone for greater success.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll need a lot of optimism to succeed. So it’s important that you surround yourself with such people and keep away from negativity.
6. The Expert Communicator
Internal communication is one of the biggest problems growing businesses face. When companies grow and hierarchies develop, communication becomes complex and gives way to confusion, anxiety and employee dissatisfaction.
This is where the expert communicators come in. They’re people who know their way with words. They can help you create bridges between departments and employees, and reduce communication gaps.
At the same time, they can help you shape your brand image with intelligent external communication. They understand your vision and know the right words to express it to the world. They can be particularly useful in meetings with potential investors, partners or clients.
They’re not necessarily technical or functional experts. But they have a tendency to question everything and explore it their own way. As a result, they grasp concepts quickly and find out ways to use them for business benefit.
When you have hackers on your team, you always have a great chance to outmaneuver your competitors, and reverse engineer successful products to build something more useful. When you get into trouble, they can help you find unique ways to get out of it and convert problems into opportunities.
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As I said at the start, you can’t achieve long-term and sustainable business success without having the right people on your team. If your passion and vision is the heartbeat of your business, then your team is the body that’ll help you do wonders. By having these seven types of people on your team, you’ll have the right support system to help you focus on your company’s vision, and make decisions with the long-term business benefits in mind.
Jawad Khan is an experienced project manager, a content marketing consultant and a freelance blogger for hire. He's an active consultant to several tech startups and SaaS companies in the US, Middle East and Australia. Follow him on his blog Writing My Destiny, Twitter and Google+